Translating military occupations into civilian language
One of the biggest hurdles for employment among veterans is translating military experience into language civilians can understand. Check out Military.com's military job decoder.
Government Executive magazine's April 2014 How to Tap Military Experience for Executive Jobs highlights the Leveraging Military Leadership Program, which offers executive coaches and talent management experts to help transitioning veterans communicate and apply their leadership skills to the civilian sector.
Veterans of Foreign Wars, March 2014 Breaking Barriers article focused on the 126,000 service members who need civilian certification and credentials in fields where they already have experience.
Military to local government
As senior managers in local governments begin to retire, and cities and counties look for the next generation of local government managers, there are numerous officers transitioning out of the military. Members of the military share the same passion for public service and the same work ethic.
Best places for veterans to find jobs
USAA Magazine, Winter 2013 issue listed the 10 Best Places for Veterans to Find Jobs: five of these cities have council-manager form of government.
- Dallas, TX
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Austin, TX
- Norfolk, VA
- Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Resources and Programs
- The White House has launched a new Veterans Employment Center, designed to help veterans, active duty members, and spouses create resumes and connect with outside employers and training resources.
- The National Governors Association is piloting programs in six states (Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, Virginia, and Wisconsin) assisting returning military members with employment. These programs focus on easing licensure/certification for recruiting/transitioning police, emergency medical technicians, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, physical therapists, and commercial drivers. While these occupations seem to be a clear transfer, civilian credentials are still required, which provide hurdles for veterans. Local and state governments can help veterans obtain these credentials.
- The National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL) has a Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs created to examine issues affecting military-community relations and the health and well-being of veterans. One focus is on combatting hunger in veteran and active duty military families who comprise 25-75% of recipients of food assistance in various towns and cities. NCSL offers a check list for local leaders seeking simple, low-cost ways to feed hungry families. They keep track of the legislation being presented and passed in each state that would assist veterans in easing the licensure/certification that NGA is proposing, as well as proposed legislation to assist veterans across the country.
- The United States Department of Labor has created the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.
- The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and the U.S. Department of Labor-Veterans’ Employment and Training Service released a publication detailing best practices for reintegrating homeless veterans.
- The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans provides grants and training services, and offers direction to agencies that will educate and prepare homeless veterans for future employment.
- The National Restaurant Association supports servicemen and women, veterans, and their spouses through the National Restaurant Association Military Foundation. The foundation provides career training and counseling; supports military hospitality programs; and encourages small-business ownership opportunities for military personnel.
- SecurityJobs.net offers links to careers in private security services.
- The site "Learn How to Become" has additional resources for veterans researching employment options.